Echinocereus polyacanthus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Echinocereus polyacanthus
Species Authority: Engelm.
Common Name(s):
English Mojave Mound Cactus
Spanish Órgano-pequeño Enmarañado
Taxonomic Notes: Current research indicates that this species will probably be synoymized into E. coccineus (M. Baker pers. comm. 2010)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-05-12
Assessor(s): Baker, M. & Van Devender, T.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Goettsch, B.K.
Echinocereus polyacanthus is listed as Least Concern because it is widely distributed, locally common across its range, and there are no major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Mexico, where it occurs in the states of Chihuahua and Durango (Hunt et al. 2006). It also occurs in the Sierra Madre Occidental in eastern Sonora, where it is found at altitudes between 1,300 and 2,000 m asl (Paredes et al. 2000).
Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora)
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common and abundant across its range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: E. polyacanthus grows on rocky outcrops in oak and pine woodlands. Blum et al. (1998) reported it from rocky mountain slopes in volcanic or sedimentary rocks with humus pockets.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are not major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Parque Nacional Cascada de Basaseachi.

Citation: Baker, M. & Van Devender, T. 2013. Echinocereus polyacanthus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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